Patricia Prendergast, River Reflection


To support the development of local and regional artists, the Pence offers several calls for artists each year, including our Emerging Artist Award, Slice: A Juried Exhibit of Regional Art, and Exhibit It!. See below for more information on these opportunities. To apply for a solo exhibit, email 10-15 images, an artist statement, and CV to Natalie Nelson at [email protected].


The Pence Gallery Emerging Artist Award supports the creation of new work by emerging artists in California, and the opportunity to share that work through an exhibit and an artist talk. Artists must use the award of $4,000 to further their work in a significant direction, and may work in any medium, except for video or sound art. ‘Emerging’ is defined as an artist who is early in their art career, who has limited experience exhibiting, but not an extensive solo exhibit history. The artist’s submitted work must be of high caliber, original, and completed within the past five years. Applications for the Emerging Artist Award 2023 are due through by 9 PM PST of April 3, 2023.

This award is sponsored by Rosa Marquez & Yatish Mishra.


The Pence’s Slice exhibit is open for submission by California artists working in any medium (except video or sound). This is an ‘open theme’ exhibit, which showcases art that is conceptually thoughtful, technically skilled, and representative of contemporary trends in art. This year’s juror is Kelly Lindner, Art Galleries and Collections Curator for the University Galleries, California State University, Sacramento, where she is responsible for overseeing exhibits and programs for three galleries. Accepted work should be completed within the past five years and must not have been shown previously at the Pence. Applications are due through by 9 PM PST of May 22, 2023. 

It’s time for our annual non-juried exhibit to highlight the talent of our community’s artists! Artists ages 16 and up can drop off one artwork of their choice in any medium to the Pence on June 29, 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM, to be displayed in our summer display Exhibit It! Participating artists can win the Curator’s Choice award, or the Public Choice Award, chosen by visitors to the exhibit.
The Pence will accept up to 50 works of art, limited in size to 30″ maximum in any direction (including the frame). Sculpture cannot weigh over 50 lb. 2D work should be framed, or ready to install. This is a first come, first served basis. No early drop-offs allowed.
When dropping off on June 29, artists will fill out a contract for their artwork prior to paying the submission fee. Artists should have all of their artwork’s information prepared, including the title, medium, dimensions, retail price, etc. Fee is $20 Pence members/$30 nonmembers.

This exhibit is sponsored by Phil & Dawn Daro.